Battlin' Billies back to football
The first Monday of August means one thing to Texans: the start of football season.
Fredericksburg High School, like the majority of high school football programs across the state, opened football practices Monday evening.
It’s like Christmas in August, with football coming as the ultimate gift.
“I told the coaches when we had our last meeting on Friday that every Sunday before camp is like Christmas Eve for me,” head football coach Moffett said. “I’m excited about what’s going to happen the next day. It’s exciting, for sure.”
Players carry the same attitude into FHS’ fall practices.
Senior running back Willie Sebera’s looking forward to the start of contact with FHS’ intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday.
“I’m very excited,” he said. “I’m ready to hit someone.”
The first week of camp is about drilling what defines FHS football into new and returning players, as well as establishing a baseline of conditioning from the players.
“We’re always looking for attitude and effort,” Moffett said. “That’s our saying. Battlin’ Billies football is known for great attitude, effort and the things we give that way. The first week we’re really looking to carry on that, and we’re looking how good of shape they’re in, where we need to tweak that and get them into game shape.”
That means learning who to finish, which is on the top of the Billies’ priority list this week.
“One hundred and ten percent, plus two, extra effort, whatever somebody wants to call it,” Moffett said. “If the drill calls for 10 yards, we want them to go 12. If the drill goes five yards, we want them to go seven. We just want to establish the idea that we’re going to do the extra (work). That pays off later in the fourth quarter and down the road.”
The coaching staff is excited about the size of the classes that book end this year’s roster.
“We have a record number of seniors and a record number of freshmen,” said Moffett, who estimated that 29-30 seniors and 57 freshmen were on this season’s roster. “I think we’re going to be close.”
The biggest adjustment for freshmen football players is adapting to high school speed and the precision of coaching they get.
Freshmen will have more eyeballs and more expectations on fine tuning techniques.
“It’s not a knock on our coaches,” Moffett said. “There are four middle school coaches and 10 high school coaches. We have five position coaches on offense and defense. In middle school, they’re coaching everything … the precision and expectation of the little details becomes a premium for them.”
Training camp battles
Moffett and the FHS coaching staff will run players through position drills to identify who slots into positions vacated by graduation.
“We’re looking for basic fundamentals,” Moffett said. “We’re trying to give everyone a look so we can figure out who’s going to fill in at what position. We still have some questions to be answered at positions that kids graduated from last year. We’re just looking to set a base of hard work and how we do things.”
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